Kaleidoscoop by Pieter Van den Dorpe
|| 2/20/2008 || 4:14 pm || Comments Off on Kaleidoscoop by Pieter Van den Dorpe || ||
Upcoming exhibit: PEACE NOW!
|| 2/19/2008 || 2:45 pm || Comments Off on Upcoming exhibit: PEACE NOW! || ||
Where Art and Conflict intersect
The 6th and final peace show at Warehouse on 7th Street
40 artists show painting, installation, photography, sculpture, video
Feb 22 – April 6, 2008
Opening Reception Friday Feb 22 6-9pm
Meet the Artists – Discuss – Chat – Chew
Gallery Hours – Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm and by appointment
for information at:
I chose this piece because I felt it would be a decent addition to the exhibit. That means I’ll be having two openings this week!
87 & 280 Quilt #3
|| 2/18/2008 || 1:33 pm || Comments Off on 87 & 280 Quilt #3 || ||
87 & 280 Quilt #2
|| 2/17/2008 || 4:41 pm || Comments Off on 87 & 280 Quilt #2 || ||
Using this portion of 87 & 280 Quilt, I constructed this derivative map of the California State Route 87 & interstate 280 interchange. What is unique is that it’s a actually a Diamond Quilt Projection map, but it looks quite a bit like a Square Quilt Projection maps. The third derivative tessellation looks quite cool and I think the next map will be the best in the series.
A Weekly Digest (at times)
|| 2/16/2008 || 3:00 pm || Comments Off on A Weekly Digest (at times) || ||
For the last three weeks or so, I’ve been only publishing here once a week or so. Instead of daily or near-daily posts, I’ve been publishing the entire week, all seven days worth, at once. This weekly delay allows me to edit, reflect, and concentrate on other aspects of my busy life, but still showcase what I’ve been working on and thinking about. When read at a later date by an uninformed viewer, it would appear that I blogged every day, but since I can edit the dates and times of every blog entry, I only need to publish once a week. In doing so, I’ve realized how malleable digital time can be. I frequently hide old posts or edit them when I find misspellings and grammatical errors (there are plenty!) . The way I see it, this geovisual scrapbook is an ever-evolving digital presence that reflects aspects my life that I feel worthy of documenting, and more importantly, aspects of my life that I want remembered for later. There is sooooo much that I don’t share here and I’ve considered having a separate public blog to showcase other dimensions of my life, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll do it when it when the time comes. I’m still an American citizen without a formal voice in the affairs of my geography and maybe when that Juneteenth comes (if it ever comes in my lifetime) this website will become public. After all, time is malleable. In the meantime*, I’ll still be tweaking aspects of this scrapbook and will continue to be publishing content as time permits.
87 & 280 Quilt
|| 2/15/2008 || 1:45 pm || Comments Off on 87 & 280 Quilt || ||
Similar to the Los Angeles Interchanges Series (LAIS), I decided to make my first San Jose, California map using imagery from the interchange of California State Route 87 & interstate 280. Unlike the LAIS, which used only the Diamond Quilt Projection this map uses a Hexagon Quilt Projection.
Tidying up MySpace (and Friendster)
|| 2/14/2008 || 1:22 pm || Comments Off on Tidying up MySpace (and Friendster) || ||
A Friendster Testimonial from 2003 predicting this event (sorta)
So I met someone a few weeks back and I was looking at her MySpace page’s comments section. I instantly learned quite a bit more information that I really cared to learn about that person. Upon realizing that I didn’t want that type of passive sleuthing to be available within my digital sphere, I decided to go through and remove all 677 comments on my MySpace profile that have accumulated over the last 5 years.
Yet those digital memories are not gone forever, rather, I went through and saved the HTML of every page of comments. I think I might illegally post them to an unlinked folder on this website for safe keeping. Reading over all them was quite cathartic to say the least— old friends who I don’t see anymore, ex-girlfriends, memories of past parties, and my favorite, the lexical migration from Friendster’s testimonials to inane discussions to people’s e-flyers. All I can say is that MySpace is one of the finest data mining operations on the internet and I’m happy there is now a little less data to be mined.
For the last 7 months I’ve been working on a digital art project related to some ambiguous content I’ve found on MySpace. I have over 100 different images I am going to collage together. Its going to take awhile, but I think the result will be a striking indictment on MySpace’s decline in popularity.
My vote verified by a paper ballot
|| 2/13/2008 || 1:17 pm || Comments Off on My vote verified by a paper ballot || ||
So yesterday I participated in the DC Statehood Green Party Primary. This election cycle I was offered the opportunity to keep the tab from my ballot. Compared to those generic “I VOTED” stickers, the paper ballot is a much better souvenir because it shows that not only did I vote, I was voter number 2 at the precinct. Here’s the scanned proof:
Judging by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics results for my precinct (below), I can verify that the ballot above was the second and last DC Statehood Green Party ballot given out yesterday. If you scroll down to the bottom of the image, it shows that there were 2 people who voted for Cynthia McKinney and since the ballot above is market 00002, I can only infer that the other voter has 00001.
It looks like Cynthia McKinney beat Ron Paul in my precinct (2 votes to 1 one). Only nine people voted republican compared to the two Statehood Green (one being me). Thats some hyperlocal politix.
Related 2008 Election Entries:
The M&M’s of Australia say Vote Green
|| 2/12/2008 || 12:27 pm || Comments Off on The M&M’s of Australia say Vote Green || ||
Poor Map Design: 5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
|| 2/11/2008 || 2:23 pm || Comments Off on Poor Map Design: 5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries || ||
The other day I was at Five Guys getting lunch and I picked up their to-go menu (below). On the back of menu was a completely blank page with the map above. When I saw it, I laughed out loud and said, “This has got to be one of the worst maps I’ve seen in awhile.” At least my grilled cheese sandwich was tasty..